Cubs fan with Down syndrome to sing national anthem at Wrigley Field

**Embargo: Chicago, Ill.** The Chicago Cubs are granting a wish to one of their biggest fans — and it’s for a great cause.

Chicago, Ill. (WGN) — The Chicago Cubs are granting a wish to one of their biggest fans — and it’s for a great cause.

In mid-August, 30-year-old Stephen Xidas wrote a letter to Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts. Xidas, who has Down syndrome, told Ricketts that he would raise $5,000 for the Special Olympics if he was given the opportunity to sing the national anthem at a Cubs game.

As of Thursday, Xidas’ GoFundMe page (gofundme.com/my-letter-to-tom-ricketts) boasts over $11,500 in pledges. So now, the Cubs will let Xidas sing the anthem at Monday’s home game against the Brewers, and match the donation, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Read the full text of Xidas’ letter below:

My name is Stefan Xidas. I’m 30 years old and have Down syndrome. A dream of mine has been to sing the national anthem at a Chicago Cubs game.

I’d like to make a deal with Tom Ricketts, the owner of the Chicago Cubs. If I’m able to raise $5,000 for the Special Olympics Organization, Tom Ricketts will let me sing the National Anthem at a Cubs game.

If Tom isn’t able to make this happen, I will still be donating the money to the Special Olympics. This is an organization that is helping so many people like myself. I really love and appreciate the work that they do.

Thank you and go Cubs!

Sincerely, Stefan Xidas